(AFL) Who Will Make A Bigger Impact in 2013?
“Wow “, were the words I found myself speaking aloud as I walked away from Etihad Stadium on Friday night. Amazed at just how good two of the emerging stars who ran onto the field for North Melbourne and Richmond just were.
Majak Daw who was picked up with the ninth pick in the 2009 rookie draft is finally starting to make a mark after failing to be selected in the senior team for the past three years. Daw, who was born in Khartoum, Sudan, has been living with his family in Australia since 2003 and began playing Football during secondary school at Mackillop College in Werribee. He had been showing positive signs in the VFL and his progression was evident. It seemed his debut was just around the corner in 2012 until Daw was suspended by North Melbourne. He was suspended and sent back to train with the Werribee Tigers for an indefinite period for lying to coach Brad Scott about going to a nightclub whilst he was recovering from knee surgery. Despite the setback he managed to retain his spot in the team and is now looking set to finally make his debut in 2013. The definite highlight of the night which impressed all spectators from Melbourne, North Melbourne and Richmond was a goal in which he easily pushed away Richmond’s hard nut Steven Morris to kick a remarkable Franklin like running goal.
While Daw was impressive the faithful Tiger supporters also left the ground with more hope in their eyes after their clubs first round selection in the National Draft (ninth overall) Nick Valstuin performed solidly. Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has yet again unleashed a talent who does not only have the leg speed and silky foot skills, but also the courage and hardness of a champion. His aggression for the footy was impressive as he pushes his case for a Round One selection, fighting for a spot in the midfield with many experienced Tiger midfielders’ such as Daniel Jackson, Shane Tuck, Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin, Shaun Grigg, Nathan Foley and Reece Conca.
Although they were both impressive, a Round One debut for the both of them is uncertain, especially considering both must push out established players. But don’t be surprised to see both of them make their debut in 2013 because these two boys could be something special.